Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) managing director Alex Gitari yesterday told the National Assembly’s Public Investments Committee (PIC) that the total value of land, buildings and biological assets like forests under KAA stands at Ksh. 1.3 trillion.
“The value of KAA land, buildings and biological assets like forest that KAA has in various airports came to Ksh. 1.3 trillion, according to a valuation done last year by government valuer,” he said.
PIC has directed KAA to share contents of the report with the Auditor-General’s Office which said it had not received the report, and with parliament.
Established by an act of Parliament in 1992, KAA is a government parastatal charged with the ownership and management of nine civilian airports and airstrips in Kenya.
According to previous statements from the office of the Auditor-General, KAA land at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Embakasi Village, Lokichogio Airport, Wilson Airport and Malindi Airport is at risk of being lost to third parties who have laid claim to it in dubious circumstances.
The Authority holds thousands of hectares of land primarily at its various airport installations across the country.
Regarding the fact that KAA has been battling land cases in court, the top KAA official told the committee that it had secured the JKIA land under dispute from encroachment.
“We have valued all our land, including the ones in contention. We maintain that the alleged allotment letters are not genuine even as we await the judgement date by the court,” he said.